2006 Tapatia Awards Ballot

For more information, read the 2006 Tapatia Awards Information

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2006 Tapatia Award Information


This is the third Tapatia awards, designed to honor the best in lucha libre over the past year. We encourage all fans to vote, and let their voice be heard on the previous twelve months of Mexican lucha libre. This year of voting will cover the calendar year 2006. Matches are eligible if they were TAPED in 2006, regardless of when they aired.

This year, we’ve changed the awards to ten categories.

Voting will be held from March 24th to April 8th, subject to change. One ballot per person. Send completed ballots to (and only to) luchaawards@thecubsfan.com. Ballots sent to other addresses or posted may not be counted.

Scoring: Categories with first thru third voting will give 5 points for first, 3 points for second, 2 points for third. Categories with first thru sixth voting will give 17 points for first, 12 points for second, 8 points for third, 5 points for fourth, 3 points for fifth and 2 points for second. TIE VOTES ARE NOT ALLOWED. There will be a quiz on this later.

Any match in any location using the Mexican lucha libre style are eligible to be included. Shows in the US and elsewhere using this style are included. Japanese lucha libre promotions such as Michinoku Pro are not included, but Japanese tours by Mexican lucha libre promotions are included. Female and mini wrestlers are eligible for all categories, unless otherwise specified.

Quick descriptions of the awards:
1) Best Wrestler – top wrestler over the last year.
2) Best Match – please include dates, location where possible
3) Best Tecnico – greatest good guy
4) Best Rudo – for the entertaining evil-doers
5) Best Female – women only. Sorry, no exoticos.
6) Best Unit – tags, trios, atomicos, other groups – must’ve been a team in 2006
7) Best Promotion/Territory – CMLL, AAA, IWRG, AULL, “the group that runs Arena Coliseo Monterrey” or other – specific enough so we can identify a group
8) Best Rivalry – most interesting/exciting/entertaining feud. Can be person vs person, or people vs people.
9) Most Improved – wrestler who stepped up their game the highest from 2005
10) Most Underutilized – wrestler who’s deserving of more attention from both the promotion and the fans

I (thecubsfan) am the sole dictator of the awards, and my decisions will be final.

Please cut and paste the ballot to luchaawards@thecubsfan.com . Do not post your ballot in this thread.

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03/24: Mexico, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 03/23 Arena Mexico [Alvin @ el Martiente, ovaciones]
1) Mini Olímpico & Último Dragoncito b Mini Violencia & Pierrothito
2) Leono, Máximo, Sagrado b Hirooki Goto, Ohara, Shigeo Okumura
3) Alex Koslov, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr. b Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
4) el Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Héctor Garza, Mr. Águila b Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Último Guerrero [CMLL TRIOS]
5) Lizmark Jr., Marco Corelone, Místico DQ Black Warrior, Olímpico, Universo 2000

First fall was rudo DQ for excessive beatdown, second fall was Mascara Ano 2000 running in for the DQ. Obviously the idea is Corleone gets all kinda of worked over to set up the big comeback next week, but it made for a poor main event this week. They teased Mistico and Lizmark not getting along, but very slightly. Perro low blowed Atlanbtis and Ultimo in the final fall of the title match, and he and Hector got the pins.

Alvin also posted Tuesday’s lineup

CMLL (TUE) 03/27 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Angel Azteca Jr., Explosivo vs Carrona, Zayco
2) Tzuki, Shockercito, Electrico vs Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween, Mini Mr. Aguila
3) La Mascara, Virus, Texano Jr. vs Hirooki Goto, Okumura, Ohara
4) Lady Apache vs Amapola [CMLL WOMEN]
5) Shocker, Rey Bucanero, Heavy Metal vs Atlantis, Ultimo Guerrero, Misterioso Jr.
6) Averno vs Dr. Wagner Jr.

Huh. This is the most interesting Tuesday card in a while. Figured Avenro pinning Wagner was leading to something, but not a singles match. Why do they keep booking Shocker in matches? It’s not going to work out! I think the women’s match is scheduled the best for all of – I get the feud to move on in some measure, and you get no chance of it airing on TV. I presume Electrico is an Electro Shock mini, and that can’t be a good idea. Though it makes sense he’s teaming with Shockericto. CMLL.com talks about Angel Azteca Jr., and notably doesn’t say he’s Angel Azteca’s son – but if he’s just some guy who bought the gimmick, why is he being rushed on to a card?

Friday is the PPV lineup, and there are no changes there.

CMLL (SUN) 04/01 Arena Coliseo Lineup
1) Rayo Tapatio I, Rayo Tapatito II vs Messala, Caligula
2) Ultimo Dragocnito, Tzuki, Mini Olimpico vs Mini Halloween, Mini Damian 666, Mini Mr. Aguila
3) Virus, Stuka Jr., Leono vs Loco Max, Dr. X, Jeque
4) Shocker, Heavy Metal, Mascara Sagrada vs Olimpico, Misterioso II, Mascara Ano 2000
5) LA Park, Ultimo Guerrero, Atlantis vs Hijo del Perro Aguayo, Damian 666, Halloween

GdR has
03/16 Mexico: Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei b Dark Angel, Luna Magica, Sahori
03/18 Coliseo: Dos Caras Jr., Lizmark Jr., Mistico b Black Warrior, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero
and a look at Rey Bucanero’s house.

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CMLL on FSE #6 (09/17/06)

for Victor, and if there’s anyone else who noticed, the links should be working these posts

taped 09/10/06

This is a show completely wrecked by clipping – you lose the finish of the first match, and the first fall of the second match.

We – or I, at least – see the rudos in the opener plenty, but the Tigres don’t make TV that much (and neither really does Stuka, as we move on), so it would’ve been fun to see their comebacks.

Main event had some good parts, but the indelible memory is Averno reaching and missing for that inside cradle, since that flash pin was supposed to set up the challenge, I’d think. It could’ve been worse, but you expect better from those two.

TV Update: I gave in and got the Latino package, though I may change my mind later. Theoretically, I’ll continue to have recaps on the CAN52 and add the FSE shows, but we’ll see.

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03/23: Mexico change, AULL, Tijuana

Ovaciones notes a change in tonight’s lineup…

CMLL (FRI) 03/23 Arena Mexico
1) Mini Olimpico & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mini Violencia & Pierrothito
2) Leono, Maximo, Sagrado vs Goto, Ohara, Okumura
3) Alex Koslov, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
4) Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila, Perro Aguayo Jr. [CMLL TRIOS]
5) Marco Corelone, Mistico, Shocker vs Black Warrior, Olimpico, Universo 2000

Little late in the week to suddenly be making the semifinal a title match, but that’s what we’ve got. CMLL’s been pushing the idea of Sangre getting called up to the big leagues here and having a change to stick with GdA if he performs well – I think winning the trios titles would qualify. (Though I’m betting against a title change.)

Alexis put the poster for next week’s Dos Leyendas show here. Note that with Santo split from CMLL, they’ve changed one of the legends. Tickets are $5 to $27.

AULL (SAT) 03/17 Arena Lopez Mateos [the gladiatores]
1) Chico de Barrio b Aguila Azteca
2) Angel de Fuego & Euforia b Syka & Yakuza
3) Tortuguillo Ninja I, Tortuguillo Ninja II, Tortuguillo Ninja III b Mini Angel, Mini Demonio, Mini Rebelde
4) Ogun, Robin Maravilla, Terry 2000 b Conde Bartok, Negro Navarro, Psicopata
5) Alex Koslov, Hijo de Lizmark, Villano III b Black Warrior, Okumura, Satanico

Lizmark Jr. was LATE, so they had a break to wait for him. Dandy did commentary and teased fights with Satanico and Villano III (the IWRG fued) after the match. The AULL Tag Team Tournament ends on 03/31

AULL (SAT) 03/31 Arena Lopez Mateos
1) Hermano Muerte I & Hermano Muerte II vs Samba & Venum
2) Dr. Karonte I & Dr. Karonte Jr. vs Sasaky & Yakuza
3) Pierroth Jr., Sadico, Satanico vs El Dandy, Gallo Tapado Jr., Ultimo Gladiador
4) Cerebro Negro & Fantasma de la Opera vs Epidemia & Robin Maravilla and Dravek I & Dravek II [AULL TAG, FINAL]
5) Hiroka & Mima Shimoda vs Dark Angel & India Sioux
6) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Mistico vs Mr. Aguila & Perro Aguayo Jr.

First person to figure out the brackets for this tag tournament wins.

Veneno and Diablo sing the US anthem

indy (SAT) 03/17 Deportivo Moctezuma [The Gladiatores]
1) Celestial b Incognito
2) Trauma I & Trauma II b Ninja de Fuego & Puma King
3) Avisman & Bacteria b Freelance & Kid Tiger
4) Coco Blanco, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde b Cerebro Negro, Dr. Cerebro, Negro Navarro
5) Felino, Heavy Metal, Spiderman b Hijo de Diablo, Veneno, Villano IV

Ovaciones has a story about Super Crazy in it’s print edition, but it doesn’t appear uploaded. ESTO has an article seemingly about Super Crazy, but the text is the Arena Mexico preview. Conspiracy!

indy (FRI) 03/23 Auditorio de Tijuana Lineup
5) Damian 666, Halloween, Terrible vs Fobia, Angel Mensajero, Psycho

This is a commission run charity show for the local asylum.

More Santo vs the Enemies of the Sea articles – ESTO, Cambio Sonora, Todito. EHUI has a general Santo article.

Wrestlers in Tuxtla Gutierrez are trying to get their new local Comision de Lucha Libre certified by the national commission. They’ve split from the boxing commission. (El Heraldo de Chiapas)

Pulso SLP talks to Rossy Moreno, Princesa Blanca, Marcela, and Martha Villalobos about women in lucha libre.

La Voz has an article about updated version of Guerrera de Titanes in Argentina, calling itself 100% Lucha.

The Gladiatores posted edition #34 today. I want to point you to the IWRG 03/15 show – scroll down to the semimain, and look at all the empty seats.

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CMLL on FSE #5 (09/10/06)

Matches taped 09/03/06

And, here we go the clipped episodes. The second segment of a women’s trios was cut out, and it probably wasn’t the worst thing in the world. Still, if you’re going to show any part of a match, it’s pretty obvious to show the ending of it. Showing just the beginning is pointless (and annoying when you’re getting six entrances – an underrated factor in why there’s not as much wrestling as there should be on some of these shoes.)

I enjoyed the main event, and not just because Eclipse was at a point where they didn’t want him doing anything at all to anyone (if you’re reading this in 2010, Eclipse may still be there.) Koslov, Felino, and Sagrado were good here.

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2006 Tapatia Awards: last chance to modify the ballot

Yea, we’re going to do it. I waited, and then forgot about it for a while, and then remembered it for a while but couldn’t decide if it was too late (which kinda made it later), but it’s worth doing for historical purposes.

Best Wrestler (pick 6)
Best Match (pick 6)
Best Tecnico (pick 3)
Best Rudo (pick 3)
Best Female (pick 3)
Best Unit (pick 3)
Best Promotion/Territory (pick 3)
Best Rivalry (pick 3)
Most Improved (pick 3)
Most Underutilized (pick 3)

Voting would cover 2006.

For the pick 3, points would go 5/3/2. For the pick 6, it’d be 17/12/8/5/3/2

Any last minute suggestions? This will get started this weekend, and the vote will be open for two weeks.

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03/22: Laguna, Monterrey


Ovaciones has an article about fans trying to mob the WWE guys as they got into the airport. Also, Juvi’s heading to England and Italy for a bit.

indy (THU) 03/22 Arena Olimpico Laguna de Gomez Palacio [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Diamante Negro Jr. & Mini Star vs Espacial & Pioloto Negro Jr.
2) Enrique Vera, Piloto Negro, Sexy Piscis vs Ben Hur, Espanto V, La Amenaza
3) Hijo de Anibal vs Blue Demon Jr. [DEMON CRUISER]

Demon’s some cruiserweight championship here. I don’t know the name, and figure it’s just his belt. The article says it’s a world title, says they’ll be extra sure to make it a clean fight tonight, and never says which promotion Demon’s representatives here.

WAGNER (SAT) 04/07 Auditorio Municipal Torreon [El Siglo de Torreon]
1) Dark Angel & Marcela vs Hiroka & Princesa Sujei
2) Silver King vs Hijo del Solitario, Angel Blanco Jr., Texano Jr. [UWA JLH]
3) Dr. Wagner Jr. & Mistico vs Averno & LA Park

This would seem to indicate that Silver King has won, or will win, the UWA Juinor Light Heavyweight Title – we have him last losing it to Diluvio Negro II.

indy (SUN) 03/25 Arena Coliseo Monterrey
1) Erick Snak & Jimmy Navarro vs Marrullero & Rey Aguila
2) Arcangel (Monterrey), Armagedon, Chuy Escobedo Jr. vs Angel Negro, Black Nazi, Zulu
3) Angel del Amor, Corazon Adictor, Sky vs Black Sabath, Ejecutor, Red Flamer
4) Golden Boy, Huracan Ramriez Jr., Ultraman Jr. vs Nygma, Picudo, Silver Cat
5) Konnan Big vs Pancho Tequila, Super Konnan, Konnan King [cage of death]

How many freaking Konnan’s can this promotion have?

AAA (SUN) 03/04 Auditorio Municipal Salvatierra [el Halcon]
1) Money Pack b Dance Boy
2) Crazy Latino & Dragon de Oriente II b Atomico & Toro
3) Alebrije & Cuije b Chucky & Monsther [AAA MASCOT TAG]
4) Brazo de Plata Jr. & El Elegido b Baby Hunter & Mr. Niebla [cage]

El Halcon 88 has interviews and features on Cibernetico, Virus, Black Shadow, Explosivo, and Arkangel. Virus says the Internet is the invention of the White Man (not the wrestler), and not being one, he hasn’t used it much. But he’d like to learn.

Dr. Wagner (Sr.) was inducted into the Zacatecas Hall of Fame. Perro Aguayo went in last year. (Sol de Zacatecas)

El Sol de Tampico says locals Sadico, Peligro, Iron Boy and King Boy have signed with IWRG. They were used as random early match guys early this month.

Hijo de Santo’s coast preservation story has gotten picked up in a number of Mexican papers. Nothing new. If you’re in Phoenix, Santo is wrestling on Friday. Looks like Santo/Super Parka vs Misterio/Psicosis or some similar combination.

A poster on Box Y Lucha talks about making a new mask for Angel Azteca, when he was returning to CMLL from AAA. There was an idea to freshen him up and give him a slightly different look, but they ended up sticking with the original. The mask ended up getting slightly modified, and used by someone else coming in from Promo Azteca who was getting a new gimmick – Ultimo Guerrero.

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GdR #69

aired 03/17, taped 03/02, 03/11

I regret not doing this recap earlier.

Main event was Mistico/Alex/Rey vs Averno/Warrio/Mephisto – and the Arena Mexico crowd was very angry at Mistico this day. When he first came in, 80% of the reaction was against him. It got better in part of the match, and I don’t think it was actually 80% of the crowd (but a lot of it making a lot of noise). The women and the kids still seemed to be with him, but they were drowned out by the hardcores – like the Arena Mexico version of a You Sold Out chant. It seemed to, and really had to be, all about him going to WWE.

Mistico, as he tends to do, slipped when the crowd turned against him, but he got it together by the end of the match. But the match

I wonder why they showed this match? It’s a repeat from the main show, and it’s not the usual slot – they went out of their way to show this one. It could just be that they realized Mistico hadn’t been on the show in months, promised he’d be on, and then didn’t have much of a choice. It didn’t make him look like the big hero he’s supposed to be.

The opener was the opener.

My reasons to drop GdR including no really good matches and nothing of meaning ever happening – they proved one of those wrong here.

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03/23-25 Lucha Times

My cable system has taken away CAN52. I think I can subscribe to a package that’ll get it back for me (and probably FSE as well), but I’m not sure it’s worth it. This would naturally mean the end of GdR recaps (and related DVDs.) I figure I got till Friday to decide (because Comcast takes a day or two to get in gear for this sort of thing), so I’ll let you know then.

GdR: Leono! But not the hair match. Koslov/Mascara/Volador vs Averno/Ephesto/Mephisto should be fun. I dislike Ephesto more than YOU dislike Mascara.

FSE: Leono! The hair match – FS-Latin America is listing it on their lineups, so there you go.

AAAUS: WSX LIVES. Nate Webb and Josh Raymond’s match matches this taping – watch for Josh getting KOed. Main is the 4 on 3 between the Hell Brothers and the Vipers, and leaves me happy, though the screaming girls may beg to differ.

AAAMEX: 03/10 taping. See if you can figure out who Aventurero is. Vipers/Tecnicos main event.

03/18 Coliseo: Felino, Mictlan, Valiente vs Loco Max, Misterioso II, Mr. Mexico
03/23 Mexico: Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila, Perro Aguayo Jr.
03/23 Mexico: Marco Corelone, Mistico, Shocker vs Black Warrior, Olimpico, Universo 2000

At least that’s the theory. Assuming next Friday is a PPV (again, no official word, but that’s normal now), they’re going to want to stretch these tapings over a couple weeks. I’m sure the main will air, but maybe they’ll hold back the semimain for next week.

This is also a reminder that the weekend after the PPV, when the following Friday’s lineup comes out, remember that it was booked with the knowledge most of it wouldn’t air, because they’ll be doing the free PPV replay instead.

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